My Little Oasis -Refuge From The Concrete Jungle

in photography •  last year

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We all need an escape at times from the hustle and bustle of city life. For some going away on holiday once a year can do the trick and for others like me, need that escape more often.

After moving from the farm to the city. I had to look for the beauty of nature around me to survive that claustrophobic feeling I have in the city. Appreciating a stunning sunrise or just listening to the birds in the early morning helps a lot, but there are days in which it feels like the four walls are closing in on me and I need more feed for my soul.

I was fortunate enough to discover the Botanical Gardens right at my doorstep at the beginning of the year, it became my little Oasis, my hide out or safe haven when things get too much.

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I used to love the smell of the gym and was inspired and driven by the people around me. I am fortunate as the cardio equipment and weights are on the second floor looking out over the dam, but somehow this is not the same as doing cardio exercise outside. At the Botanica garden, you have long pathed pathways to walk or jog on, surrounded by the most beautiful gardens, the sound of the waterfall and the lovely sun shining on you, supplementing your vitamin D.

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On Saturdays, Sundays and Public holidays the gardens are very busy but yet you do not feel it as much as in the city. They have a little market with homemade products, a train to take the kids around the entire garden and nature experts teaching you all there is to know about the fauna and flora in the region.

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They have a lovely restaurant serving the most delectable and mouth watering dishes for those not wanting the hustle of preparing a picknick lunch and carting it all the way.

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This tree with the carvings is the focal point at the restaurant. The tree was struck by lightning and fell over, for many years it provided shade to diners. The owner decided to leave it right there and use it to emphasize with the carvings that no smoking is allowed in that area.

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They offer a great variety and each dish is tastefully presented. This is their trout dish with baked potato and roasted veggies.

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Pavlova, my all-time favorite sin. I loved how they very crafty cut out a swan from an apple and placed it as center piece on this dessert.

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The gardens around the restaurant and the sound of the waterfall gives a lovely ambiance, perfect for relaxation and enjoyment.

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The restaurant is positioned right in the middle of the gardens, so after lunch, you can walk off those extra calories gained to the waterfall.

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I love sitting at the waterfall soaking up the tranquility and peace. During the weekends and public holidays, it is a bit crowdy as everyone wants to take selfies with the waterfall as back ground. It is quite sad watching the people as they all walk up to the waterfall, turn around without even paying much attention to it, posing for that perfect selfie and when it is done they are on their way back.

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The botanical garden has a geological garden where they have the different kinds of rock and their description in between colourful daisies and other plants. Ideal for teaching the young one's geography and for those that enjoy rocks. I love walking through this part of the garden on my way back.

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Here are a few of the rock nicely situated between the beautiful purple flowers. This is the perfect outing for the entire family and couples, they also have a wedding and conference venue.

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There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more. By - Lord Byron

For more information:

http://www.sanbi.org/gardens/walter-sisulu

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I had forgotten how Beautiful this place is, One of my Nieces had her Wedding Reception there.

With I was there.......

I love hob-nobbing about botanical gardens and old Victorian gardens. That waterfall is very pretty!

good photograph

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Nothing more to say!:)

A splendid piece of earth where you were. Wonderful pictures. Thanks for sharing

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i love it
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That looks like a nice place to unwind! great pictures as well!!

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Beautiful photos!

What a wonderful place to escape four walls, a macrocosm like a Valley that Time Forgot.

Very beautiful! I can almost hear the waterfall.

Simplemente majestuoso...

best quote by Endymion :
a thing of beauty is a joy forever

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i hope you wont get downvote from someone

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The Art Of Travelling ! That's It !

I live in Washington, DC and what I appreciate the most are the green spaces that have been reserved to give us city folks a reprieve. It's rejuvenating to have these spaces to reset and slow down. One of my favorite things is taking off my shoes and walking barefoot in the grass. It's cool that this restaurant has such a beautiful setting. I could enjoy my meal for so much longer!

You are correct. Cardio, outside in nature, is far superior to running on a treadmill. As well as burning calories, breathing fresh air and getting vitamin D, it tends to restore the soul.

A great place for a peaceful living.

didnt like the look of the fish , looked a bit sad

beautiful

Nice picture and i like you @crazymumzysa

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What divine pictures))) It seemed to me that I see heaven in your photos)))

Excellent, excellent post. I loved the narrative, the pictures and just everything. It was really nice to experience the Sanbi Botanical Gardens! The beautiful waterfall, the walk ways, the restaurant, the flowers and the food made me envious. What a place to get away from it all. I hope you are having a great retreat away from the craziness!!! Please have a great rest! :D

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thx for sharing

Good job!

Awesome place, awesome photos! I just posted a picture about the place where I live. I think you may like it. I'm following you!

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Wow, this post is amazing. 'The concrete jungle'.. I love this term. 😄 The waterfall photo is amazing! You should enter photo challenges with your photography. I rate you would make quite a bit off your photos! The pictures of the food is also amazing. I would love to try those, it is so beautifully presented and I absolutely love fish! I love your work a lot, I'll definitely take a look at your blog to see if your other posts are as good as this one. 😉

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you look pretty
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What a peaceful and beautiful park!

Looks like a wonderful space! Getting out into nature I think is so important for general well-being, as much to remove the stress as to appreciate the beauty.

Wow ! Superb !!
Supershots !!
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wow this is simply unreal!!!

wao dats beautiful
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Beautiful gardens @crazymumzysa have had the pleasure of visiting a couple of times over the years. Thanks for you sightseeing trip, well worth the journey.

What a great find in the botanical gardens. So much nicer than the gym. 🐓🐓

So incredibly beautiful. Even the dishes are picturesque!

Wow that waterfall could catch a persons eye for a long time! It sure did to me.